overlay (with transience) (2014) is a piece for recorded realisation. It asks the performer to make a specified number of sounds throughout a 15-minute duration. The performer makes many additional recordings over a period of months, each time attempting to match what was played the first time, but without reference to any of the previous recordings. The piece actively explores the performer’s memory, and especially the way in which transience–how we forget information over time–shapes the resultant sequence of sounds. The final recording is a trace of this process.
overlay (with transience) was written for Ryoko Akama